Imperial College student stories: Changavy studying Medicine.

I think it’s important to know that
there are all sorts of people at university. There’s no such thing as a
typical student and I think that’s how it should be.
There’s no one mould that you need to fit. Hi, my name is Changavy, I’m a fifth
year medical student. I moved to the UK when I was 8 and this is my Imperial
journey. The reason I wanted to be trained in London was that, London is a multicultural city. You see loads of different patients and I
think, Imperial in particular, has some of the leading consultants, some the best
doctors in the country. With hospitals like St. Mary’s, which is where Kate Middleton gave birth by the way so, like it’s a great place to be at for
your obs and gynae placement for instance. Life as a student in
London, I think it’s great because especially in your first two years, there’s a lot of free time I feel like everything you want to do is
close to you or easy accessible. If you’re into fitness, if you’re
into gym, if you’re into sports there are lots of clubs and societies. Not only within Imperial but you can also go to general ones in London. I think that’s the
advantage of being in a city, it’s the fact that you can there are so many
things at your doorstep. Clubs and societies have made such a huge part of
my life at Imperial. I still feel like there’s so many other clubs and
societies I want to get involved in. I just haven’t had the time to. I’m from an ethnic minority background, I joined
cultural societies in my first year. I’ve joined Imperial Tamil Society, Imperial
Punjabi Society I mean I’m not Punjabi but they were
so welcoming and I can say the same about every other cultural society. Even
though I’m not part of that society they still welcomed me and I made some
really good friends through my societies. I was a recipient of the Imperial
bursary in the first few years I think that really helped with my living
expenses. Helping pay the rent. It was obviously a good addition to whatever else I had. It eased off that pressure of my parents as well initially. So that was that was
really helpful. I came to the open day and I just felt like I belonged here. I walked in and it was so busy, it was a sunny day as well. It looked really nice and I felt
like I belonged. The worries I had coming into university as a fresher, I
think this is quite similar to what anyone else would have as well. I think
the main worries were would I fit in, would I sort of make the
most of my time at Imperial. In terms of being from an ethnic minority background,
I don’t think I had that worry. Specifically because Imperial has so
many cultural societies and I knew about some of these or I looked these up before I came to Imperial. I’d been to a few shows that Imperial hosted. I knew Imperial has a
huge, ethnically diverse groups of people and societies. I live with my
parents, I have a brother and a sister. I’m the oldest one and I have a
younger brother, a younger sister. They’re both very keen on coming to London for
university now that I’ve moved out and I come back home and I tell them
about all the cool things I’ve done and they’re like, I want to go! South Kensington, it’s a mix of art, culture lots of events and university
life. South Kensington really feels like home for me.
Just because my campus is here and again like I said, there is a lot of things to
do. Females wanting to go into STEM I think females just go for it, don’t
be intimidated, take your seat at the table. There’s nothing that should be
stopping you from doing that and I think as females of our generation it’s our
sort of responsibility to lead the way and change that ratio that we often see nowadays.

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